overcolour

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Etymology[edit]

over- +‎ colour

Verb[edit]

overcolour (third-person singular simple present overcolours, present participle overcolouring, simple past and past participle overcoloured)

  1. (transitive) To exaggerate.
    • 1922, Ronald McNeill, Ulster's Stand For Union[1]:
      He never sought to gain or augment the confidence of his followers by concealing facts, minimising difficulties, or overcolouring expectations.
    • 1895, George Meredith, The Amazing Marriage, Complete[2]:
      But simultaneously, the growing force of her mind's intelligence, wherein was no enthusiasm to misdirect by overcolouring, enabled her to gather more than a suspicion of comparative feebleness in the man stripped of his terrors.